Silver Prices

Silver Coin Sales Break Record for Second Straight Year

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For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Mint has logged record silver coin sales for the American Silver Eagles.

Sales of the popular .999 one-ounce silver coins totaled 495,000 on Monday, taking the 2014 sales tally to a record 42,854,000. That whopping figure handily beat the 2013 record of 42,675,000 silver coins.

Here's what's behind the robust silver coin sales, plus a look ahead at 2015...

How to Buy Silver Without the 35% Dealer Premium

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Silver coin sales are at near-record highs, but premiums are soaring. American Silver Eagles are selling at $22 on eBay - a 35% premium over the spot silver price.

Many investors have taken refuge from higher premiums in silver ETFs - but not all silver ETFs are created equal.

Here's how to buy silver - and skip the hefty dealer premium - with an ETF that offers many advantages over other silver ETFs...

Gold/Silver Ratio Points to Higher Silver Prices Ahead

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Last week I introduced the gold/silver ratio, which is a tool used to identify the relative values of these metals to each other. And I said I expect it to trend downward over time.

In fact, I expect this ratio to head much lower, which means big opportunities for silver.

Let's take a look at the reasons why the gold/silver ratio will drop - and what it means for silver prices in particular.

Why Silver Prices This Week Are Flat

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Silver prices this week have fallen slightly, but there are encouraging signs for the white metal moving forward.

After almost three months of freefall, during which time silver prices fell 21.4% and touched off four-year lows, prices finally reversed direction and traded up last week. It had fallen 11 of the 12 weeks prior and had been down for five consecutive weeks.

So what's fueling this reversal? And why is it flat this week?

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